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Sarah generously offered to send me all of her leftover craft paints, when I complained about the “good” acrylics being too sticky for books, so I’ve been testing them a bit to see how that works.

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I’m in the habit of making a swishy blended background before doing anything specific, rather than draw outlines and colour in the shapes (thinking I should try that just to turn things upside down a bit). They dry pretty quick, but all the same you can’t just work on 10 pages at the same time unless you have 10 books, the downside to bound instead of loose pages. So just covering a page with a few quick strokes isn’t in fact a very gratifying way to paint, too many breaks.

Yesterday I gathered some of the pages I tore out from the discarded books and lined them up in a row so that I could just keep swishing away. When they’re done I can try my hand at binding them together! Originally I wanted a whole stack of similar altered notebooks, each in a dominant colour, but only the yellow and blue books were saved. Probably too organized for me anyway…

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I’ve had them stacked after painting and so far so good, all pages open again. Still working on repairing the torn covers, they don’t need to be done before I can begin doodling. It’s all on a what-do-I-feel-like-today basis, specifically an exercise in not thinking.

After prepping the backgrounds, which I hope will also make the paper stronger, I might stamp some of them before deciding what else to use them for. Build up the pages layer by layer rather than finishing one at a time. Some day my table might even be tidy enough to do nice artsy flatlays, but I make no promises. You think a concrete floor is ever so classy as a weathered board or a large piece of slate?

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(I do in fact own a large piece of slate. It’s halfway up a hawthorn tree in the garden with bird poop on it.)

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